Bicycle problems


1. CPH 12.08.13

2. Narita - Tone 13.08.13

3. Tone 14.08.13

4. Tone 15.08.13

5. Tone - Oarai 16.08.13

6. Oarai - Tomakomai 17.08.13

7. Tomakomai - Iwamizawa 18.08.13

8. Iwamizawa - Azahikawa 19.08.13

9. Azahikawa - Kamikawa 20.08.13

10.Kamikawa - Nukabira Onsen 21.08.13

11.Nukabira Onsen - Tokachigawa 22.08.13

12.Tokachigawa - Kushiro 23.08.13

13.Kushiro - Shibesha 24.08.13

14.Shibesha - Lake Kussharo 25.08.13

15.Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan 26.08.13

16.Lake Akan - Abashiri 27.08.13

17.Abashiri 28.08.13

18.Abashiri - Sapporo (tog) 29.08.13

19.Sapporo - Otaru 30.08.13

20.Otaru - Kamoenai 31.08.13

21.Kamoenai - Makkari 01.09.13

22.Makkari - Yakumo 02.09.13

23.Yakumo - Hakodate 03.09.13

24.Hakodate - Aomori 04.09.13

25.Aomori - Lake Towada 05.09.13

26.Lake Towada - Lake Tazawa 06.09.13

27.Lake Tazawa - Hanamaki 07.09.13

28.Hanamaki - Tsukidate 08.09.13

29.Tsukidate - Sendai 09.09.13

30.Sendai - Tone 10.09.13

31.Tone 11.09.13

32.Tone 12.09.13

33.Tone - Kurihama 13.09.13

34.Kurihama - Hakone 14.09.13

35.Hakone - Gotemba 15.09.13

36.Gotemba 16.09.13

37.Gotemba - Fujinomiya 17.09.13

38.Fujinomiya - Shizuoka (Kyoto) 18.09.13

39.Kyoto 19.09.13

40.Kyoto 20.09.13

41.Kyoto 21.09.13

42.Kyoto - Nara 22.09.13

43.Nara - Wakayama 23.09.13

44.Wakayama - Higashikagawa 24.09.13

45.Higashikagawa - Takamatsu 25.09.13

46.Takamatsu - Iya Valley 26.09.13

47.Iya Valley 27.09.13

48.Iya Valley - Imabari 28.09.13

49.Imabari - Onomichi 29.09.13

50.Onomichi - Hiroshima 30.09.13

51.Hiroshima 01.10.13

52.Hiroshima - Takayama (tog) 02.10.13

53.Takayama 03.10.13

54.Takayama - Matsumoto 04.10.13

55.Matsumoto - Hakuba 05.10.13

56.Hakuba - Nagano 06.10.13

57.Nagano - Tone 07.10.13

58.Tone 08.10.13

59.Tone - Narita 09.10.13

60. Narita - CPH 10.10.13


Letter 3


Wednesday 14.08.13


I wake up at 3pm. The day before turns round in my head. All has to be thought over and digested. That's how it is on these trips. It's so intense and almost everything is different.


Breakfast consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of Miso-soup with potatoes and onions, a fried egg where the yellow has been turned around, some very strong tasting apricots (they've only been salted in some way) and a korean speciality, which is rather spicy. Nori adds, as he usually does ... Rotten, slimy soyabeans that are mixed with a yellow paste. Noy all japanese like it. I don't taste it... but it doesn't smell that bad. There is a lot to write, but I haven't got the time. Japan calls...

And then the problems started! It's not possible to bring a bike in the trains in Japan. Not like in Denmark. It has to be stored in a bicycle bag. Nori has two and offered me one of them - if it could be fitted with the bike. So we had to try. Wheels, shields, racks should be removed, and then.... When I was going to loosen one of the bolts it broke.
After some time I realized it had happened before. That's why a new hole had been drilled and a screw fitted in. At that time I did think it should ever be removed, I think. I should have unscrewed it and greased it. But I didn't. That was stupid and now it was broken. After a long discussion and the help of Nori's father I succeded drilling out what remained
of the old screw, so now there was a hole all way through. The plan was to find a thinner screw and put a ... (I hope you know what) on the other side.


As I hadn't brought plastic strips (which could be necessesary if the front shield should be removed) we were on a trip to home centers in the surroundings and found what we were looking for. Now the rear rack could be reinstalled, but in spite of all the trouble the bike couldn't be fitted in the bag. So the bike was put together again.


              A bicycle taken apart

When I wanted to upload my first travel letters, I couldn't. When I plugged the cable in my computer, it claimed to be connected but wouldn't show any websites, not even Google. So I had to do it via an USB-device but I couldn't get to my blog or my email. It was rather mysterious.


That's how the day passed...

But we had yet another memorable dinner - with Sake!! THAT tastes good.